September 2021, part two-BUFRG researchers present at municipal leaders summit
BUFRG researchers Sarah Mincey and Stephanie Freeman-Day were recently invited to offer a special virtual presentation to Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (AIM) city and town managers regarding Indiana Tree Ordinances. AIM, the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, includes more than 460 cities and towns as members of the professional organization. In August, AIM presented a special e-Workshop for Town and City Managers. Mincey and Freeman-Day coordinated with State Urban Forestry Coordinator, Carrie Tauscher; Davey Resource Group Consultant, Aren Flint; and Melissa Begley, Assistant Planning Directory City of Columbus – Bartholomew County to develop the invited talk, "Don’t Leaf it to Chance – Adopt or Update your Tree Ordinance." The presentation offered the speakers' experiences with tree ordinance best management practices and reviewing and/or redrafting years-old tree ordinances. Mincey's portion of the presentation outlined the purpose and importance of a tree ordinance, particularly given the uncertainty that climate change poses to managing urban trees. Freeman-Day shared her analysis of Indiana community tree ordinances - their association with other best management practices and Tree City USA designation. The presentation powerpoint is available here.